A designer of style and innovation, Kai-Yin Lo is a pioneer who bridged the gap between precious and fashion jewelry. Her highly recognizable designs sum up divergent elements: an Eastern sensibility with Western aesthetics, originality with wearibility, easy elegance with comfortable affordability. She has created a range of precious jewelry using pearl, jade and colored stones that carries her sure touch of simple elegance and stylish nonchalance.
As a career woman on the move, she identified a need for jewelry that looks elegant and classy without living in a hotel safe. “Traditionally people think of jewelry as valuable in terms of investment,” she says. “To me the real value is what applies to your life.”
A strong interest in Chinese history led her to acquire a collection of ancient ceramics and jewelry, and it was out of her collection of loose pieces of jade and precious stones that she started to create her own designs.
Apart from being Hong Kong’s most successful jewelry designer, she is also a well-known historian, patron and Chinese art collector. She has written three books on Chinese art and culture. Lo, who studied medieval history at Cambridge, started making jewelry by chance in New York as a hobby and ended up selling her entire first collection to Cartier.